Through The Card: Newmarket, Sunday May 1

It's 1000 Guineas day at Newmarket on Sunday
It's 1000 Guineas day at Newmarket on Sunday

Timeform take you through the card on 1000 Guineas day at Newmarket.

"Sir Michael Stoute's unrivaled record in this contest and the drop to nine furlongs offers hope she can put her slightly disappointing end to last season well behind her here."

13:50 - Charlie Appleby is in excellent form at present, saddling two winners here yesterday, and his Oceanographer - a rapidly progressive three-year-old on the all-weather at the end of 2015 - looks to hold an excellent chance here. Although his best form has come on the polytrack, he won a maiden on turf and does not seem limited to artificial surfaces. He will be a danger to all if continuing his steep upward curve. Oasis Fantasy is well handicapped on some of his form at the beginning of last season, and though he is opposable for win purposes, he could well make the places if first-time blinkers can perk him up a bit.

14:25 - Jazzi Top won a listed race on this card last season and looks a fairly solid favourite here, though there is little juice in her price. The interesting one at the prices is Crystal Zvezda, who was sent off at just 7/2 for last season's Oaks after a mightly impressive trial performance at Newbury. She has had her issues since, particularly with learning to settle, but Sir Michael Stoute's unrivaled record in this contest and the drop to nine furlongs offers hope she can put her slightly disappointing end to last season well behind her here.

15:00 - A tricky sprint with a lack of obvious pace across the track. What pace there is appears to be drawn low, with New Bidder one of those likely to go forward. Teruntum Star was undoubtedly impressive here last time but has an inconsistent profile and is worth taking on, even under Ryan Moore. Huntsmans Close is well drawn and was narrowly touched off in this race last season, so rates a solid option despite now being higher in the weights. Dougan is open to further improvement after doing well to win last time at Kempton despite being unsuited by the test of speed and will be a player if transferring that level of form to turf. Finally, Captain Bob - who made an eye-catching second start for the in-form Robert Cowell yard last time at Windsor - could also make the places.

15:40 - Yesterday's 2000 Guineas provided a shock when the Aidan O'Brien-trained Air Force Blue was mightily disappointing as favourite. However, this should not detract from the chance of his long-time favourite for the filles' equivalent, Minding, and she sets a high standard on her Fillies' Mile win where she beat the re-opposing Nathra (who won the Nell Gwyn at the Craven) by four and a half lengths in an impressive time. She is an exciting prospect and is worth banking on here, with very few concerns surrounding her chance.

16:15 - Hugo Palmer has his string in blinding form at present, and he is also enjoying success with his two-year-old debutantes (had a winner last night and one at Windsor last week) so his Gulliver looks to be of plenty of interest here with Andrea Atzeni in the saddle. Mark Johnston is well known for his exploits with two-year-olds, and despite his Toy Theatre being fairly easy to back early on for her debut, she is also worth including for the Placepot.

16:50 - Swiss Range looks set to relish the extra two furlongs here based on her pedigree and with plenty of improvement yet to come based on the way she powered clear of the field in her maiden at the Craven meeting here last month, she looks to have a solid chance of giving John Gosden a third successive win in this race after the victories of Taghrooda and Jazzi Top in the last two renewals.

17:25 - Several potential improvers in this field, and it is likely to prove strong form in time. John Gosden's Taqdeer did things nicely in a maiden at Chelmsford last time and could be the likely winner, though the likes of Chester Street and Prize Money are lively challengers and this is best watched overall.

Recommendations:

Back Crystal Zvezda in the 14:25

Placepot permutation:
13:50 - 1, 7
14:25 - 3, 6
15:00 - 3, 8, 16
15:40 - 11
16:15 - 5, 10
16:50 - 7

= 24 lines

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